Soldier says 'mission' complete
Mon, 27 Aug 2012 10:20a.m.
A Facebook page targeting a film-maker who made provocative comments about a soldier killed in Afghanistan, attracting rape and death threats against the film-maker, is to be shut down.
Former soldier Ted Grainger, who created the page in which more than 21,000 people joined, has declared "mission complete".
Barbara Sumner-Burstyn, a Canadian now living in New Zealand, on her Facebook page last week accused Lance Corporal Jacinda Baker of "killing innocent people".
"Oh, so fallen soldier Jacinda Baker liked boxing and baking - did they forget she also liked invading countries we are not at war with, killing innocent people and had no moral compass," she wrote.
"She 100 per cent does not deserve our respect for her flawed choices. Go to war expect to be killed. You can't have it both ways - oh nice little career with the military and shock horror when you get blown up."
The post went viral on the internet and by Monday more than 21,000 people had joined Mr Grainger's Facebook page titled "Sumner Burstyn give back your NZ passport!".
However, Ms Sumner-Burstyn said the Facebook group response had been extreme with some users threatening to rape or kill her.
She has since apologised for her comments, saying she had had a difficult few days.
She said her family had to flee their home after her contact details were published. She said the New Zealand police and Interpol were investigating the threats.
On Monday morning Mr Grainger, who called Ms Sumner-Burstyn "scum of the earth" in one post, said he would be taking down the page as his mission was complete.
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